Thursday, November 19, 2009


I was named at birth Sandra Marie. My first name came out of a True Confessions magazine. Mom loved to read them. Marie is a French tradition down in Acadiana in South Louisiana. Years ago almost every female born carried the name Marie, Mary, Maria, etc. Hence, my sister is Mary Della. My mom is Mary Jane.

My dad, for reasons unknown now, called me Sanni and it stuck as I grew up. When I started high school, I felt I needed a name that fit me better. Sandi was what I decided on and that is how everyone knows me now.

Before my Dad passed away, when I would talk to him, he would still call me Sandra or Sanni and that always touched me. My Dad was very special to me. I miss him.

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing your story! Love the name Sanni - I always like names that are different than the norm. It is a pleasure meeting you.

  2. What a lovely post.. :) I think that Sanni is wonderful! My dad used to call me 'smigde' because I was so tiny. (just a smidgin)
    Thank you for reminding me of that!

  3. What a great story! My middle name is 'Marie' too! Both my mother and grandmother's names are 'Mary' and I even think my great-grandmother was named 'Mary'. What a small world!

    Thanks so much for sharing today!


  4. How sweet that you have a special name to remember your Dad by. I'm sure it made it all the more special that he created the name. I think Mary is a classic name many share, you can't go wrong wit that! Thank you so much for joining my party today and for sharing your story. Have a loveleigh day Sanni!

  5. Hi, Sandi,
    I so loved hearing the history behind your name. I think the name your sweet father gave you was wonderful! And because he called you that, I know it is even more special to you! I have enjoyed reading your posts and visiting with you! Have a beautiful day! Love, Vicki